Senate Republicans Vote to Move Forward with ACA Repeal Debate

Posted on July 25, 2017

On July 25, Senate Republicans successfully earned the votes necessary to move forward with the debate over how to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the 51-50 vote, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of the action after Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) sided with all Senate Democrats in opposing the measure. The vote comes after Senate Republican’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) met with repeated resistance in the chamber, despite numerous revisions to make the bill more palatable to legislators.

What remains unclear is what a Senate ACA repeal bill would look like, given that the chamber does not currently have the votes necessary to support any of the measures put forth so far, including numerous revisions to Senate Republicans’ BCRA and the U.S. House’s American Health Care Act. The Senate will have 20 hours to debate the issue and approve a bill under the chamber’s parliamentary procedure rules for reconciliation, meaning a vote could come late Friday or early Saturday morning this week.

The MHA remains opposed to all ACA repeal legislation introduced in Congress so far this year, as the bills threaten the healthcare coverage available to nearly 1 million Michigan residents through the Healthy Michigan Plan or via the state’s federally facilitated exchange. Members are urged to thank Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters for their continued opposition to this legislation and are encouraged to continue discussions with Michigan’s congressional delegation about the impact the plans would have on patients, communities and hospitals throughout the state. Updates on this issue will be posted to the MHA Newsroom, and additional resources are available on the MHA’s ACA Repeal & Replace webpage. Members with questions should contact Laura Appel or Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.

Tags: Healthy Michigan Plan, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, repeal and replace

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare, Top Issues - Healthcare

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